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HORSESHOE BAY — A $500 million project to replace the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant will serve the energy needs not only of Central Texas but the entire state, officials pledged at a groundbreaking ceremony April 27.

“It’s a bigger deal for the state of Texas, the fastest growing state, and people are moving in,” said state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay. “We’re struggling to make sure we have power for them.”

PHOTO: Dignitaries turned dirt April 27 on a half-a-billion-dollar replacement project in Horseshoe Bay for the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant. They included Horseshoe Bay Mayor Bob Lambert (left), Lower Colorado River Authority board Director Ray Gill Jr., LCRA board Director Buddy Shrader, LCRA General Manager Becky Motal, Fluor Power Group President Dave Dunning, state Sen. Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay, LCRA board Chairman Timothy Timmerman and Llano County Judge Wayne Brascom. Staff photo by Connie Swinney